Coast Guard suspends search for missing hunter near Fisher Island, Wash.

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing hunter on the Columbia River near Fisher Island, Wash., Saturday.

At approximately 7:00 a.m. Cowlitz County, Wash., 911 received a call from a 15-year old male stating his father was missing in the Columbia River.

The two were hunting on Fisher Island, when the small boat they were using went adrift. The father entered the water to attempt to recover the boat, he struggled, submerged and disappeared. The son saw his father struggling and entered the water to attempt to help him. The son was able to reach the boat but was unable to reach his father before he disappeared.

At approximately 7:15 a.m. Cowlitz County 911 notified Coast Guard Sector Portland, Ore., requesting assitance.

Coast Guard Station Portland, Ore, launched a rescue boat crew and Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria, Ore., launched a rescue helicopter crew to assist Cowlitz County officials in the search.

After searching for approximately two hours and based on information from the son the Coast Guard suspended its search and rescue operation for the missing 38-year old man.

Cowlitz County Sherriff’s department is continuing to search using divers in the area.

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